Give up plastic bags
Why give up plastic & plastic bags in partiuclar?
This turtle was discovered to have a plastic straw up its nostril, thanks to people using plastic straws.
from the Leatherback Trust
The Leatherback Trust reports that "While on a research project in Costa Rica, Nathan J. Robinson removed a 10 cm (4 in) plastic straw that was entirely embedded into the nostril of an olive ridley sea turtle. Lamentably, this is a consequence of the world of single-use, non-biodegradable plastic that we currently live in.
There is a solution and it lies in our own decisions. Please say no to all single-use plastic. Every plastic straw, plastic bag, or plastic bottle that ends up in the oceans could mean the difference between life or death for any number of marine animals."
Why give up plastic bags to help animals?
Wildlife & marine life think plastic bags are food. So they eat them - or try to. You imagine trying to swallow and digest a plastic bag. Such an act by an animal can lead to blockages in the body, followed by starvation and death.
Small birds and mammals on land, sea turtles and marine mammals in the sea and on shore may well be mistaken for food. Many sea animals who eat jelly fish or squid think plastic bags are just that - jelly fish or squid.
The Marine Conservation Society says that plastic bags have been found in the stomachs of endangered species eg leatherback turtles. harbour porpoises & black footed albatross. The Society also notes that in February 2004. a rare Cuvier’s beaked whale washed up on the Isle of Mull. The entrance to his stomatch was totally blocked with a cylinder of tightly packed shredded black plastic bin liner bags and fishing twine. It further notes that whole plastic bags. gallon drums and balloons have been assumed by wildlife to be food and eaten by mammal, turtle and shark species. Balloons don't do animals any good either.
It takes about 450 to 1,000 for plastic to degrade at sea but many plastics just simply break down and down into smaller and small bits to be ingested by species living in the sea - which can ultimately come up the food chain to you and I.
Here are some ideas to help you give up plastic bags
Think before you use a plastic bag....you never know where it will end up
A plastic bag like a leaf in a gale - the wind takes the leaf wherever she blows Where your plastic bag will end up, so nobody knows
More you can do to get involved...
Actions speak louder than words and the more you're willing to do, the more committed you'll feel to changing your habits so for more info you could visit these links:
If you're looking for a bag as a gift for someone and want to help conservation and wildlife at the same time, you could take a look at the National Trust Online Shop which has some pretty bags (not just shopping) enabling you to help the National Trust preserve and protect beautiful places. You could also look at the Eden Project's online shop, where you'll find a variety of shopping and shoulder bags.